2 brothers arrested, agents look to next steps after $70M pot grow bust

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Dowdy says the operation included irrigation and electricity. He says it resembles another sophisticated pot farm found in the county last year.

The idea of 70,000 high-grade marijuana plants contained in 40 acres with irrigation systems, electricity and campsites is mind-boggling for some. For others, the estimated street price is what stops them in their tracks: $70 million.

Through the day Tuesday as law enforcement processed the scene, the number of pot plants grew. First it was 50,000. Then it went up to almost 60,000, then almost 70,000.

Overnight, however, the count slowed and stopped. With only one person in custody who more than likely couldn’t have done all this himself, now officials have to look toward the next step.

“We don’t have any new numbers this morning,” Dowdy said. “We’ve got to process all the drug and non drug evidence, we’ll have intel analysts and agents submitting the drugs to the DEA lab for testing, and then we’ll be going through all the non-drug evidence that were on the scene to see if it gives us any additional leads on any individuals who might have been there.”

Multiple search warrants were executed Monday and early Tuesday, but Dowdy said there was one more on Tuesday evening.

“We did find some narcotics in that residence. Methamphetamines, to be specific,” he said.

It’s unclear at this point whether the case will be prosecuted federally because of the sheer size of it, or whether it will stay in state court.

Dowdy said all the plants have been destroyed.

The pot was said to be worth around $70M on the street. Mississippi Clarion Ledger

Contact Therese Apel at 601-961-7236 or tapel@gannett.com. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

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